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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bomb Kills Student

MOSCOW () -- A bomb exploded in the courtyard of a downtown Moscow apartment building, killing a 23-year-old student.

Itar-Tass said the bomb was in a trash container and the woman was standing nearby when the bomb went off Saturday. She died en route to the hospital, it said.

Police were at a loss to explain the incident. "We don't know the purpose of the explosion. We don't know if it was remote control or if it was tossed into the trash just before it went off. There are other questions, too. For example, why this particular courtyard," a police duty officer told Itar-Tass.

Itar-Tass quoted sources as saying criminals had tried to place the device in the entrance of a house where several businessmen's families lived, but had been disturbed.